As Central Texas’s climate cycled over millennia between cool and wet, and hot and dry, life above ground was wiped out, but life in the caves below remained protected. This put cave-dwelling insects on a long evolutionary journey, creating unusual and remarkable wildlife. As these creatures evolved isolated in local caves, they are particularly susceptible to extinction, especially in areas like ours that are undergoing rapid urbanization. Austin, these are yours to love and protect.

Partnering in the presentation of these paintings are the Austin Water Wildlands Conservation, which manages lands to protect the water that recharges the Edward’s Aquifer, and the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan, which protects eight endangered species. It is their hope that by using the arts, Austinites will learn to love these animals as much as they learned to love their bats.